How we create an individual SEND plan?

The aim of our provision is to identify and assess the SEND and to plan the provision needed for each young person to achieve his or her best at St. Hild’s.

Some SEND young people may need extra support to achieve their learning potential.
If this is the case then this is what we will do.  We will arrange a meeting with the young person and their parents to talk about what is needed to put together a St. Hild’s SEND Access Plan.  Before the Access Plan can be drawn up we will need to gather the following information:

  • The young person’s views and what he or she wants to achieve on their learning journey through St. Hild’s.
  • The views of the parents and what they would like to see as an outcome from their child’s time at St. Hild’s.
  • A school based learning assessment.
  • Current and expected levels of attainment.

We will meet again and look at all this information and then, together, an Access Plan will be drawn up.  The Access Plan will include outcomes, so everyone at the meeting will have something to do to help the young person on their learning journey.  We will set a review date in the meeting.  This will give us time to work together to achieve the agreed outcomes. 



Some SEND young people may need support from professionals outside of the school setting to achieve a successful learning journey. If this is the case then those views will be considered in drawing up a St. Hild’s Access Plan.  This could include:

  • Parents seeking medical advice about the young person.
  • School requesting Educational Psychologist involvement with the young person.
  • School requesting advice from specialist disability teams.

This will mean there will be more people at the planning meeting, but everybody will have something to do to help the young person be successful on their learning journey.

Using Access Plans we are able to develop support plans to help families who have asked for our help to support their child because he or she is failing to make good learning progress.  There are many reasons why this may be happening and we are able to offer advice or support to the family depending on their needs.  This has been very successful.


One Plan replaced the Statement of Educational Needs.  It includes in one document:
Special education provision, health provision and social care provision.

Hartlepool SEN department will be responsible for the One Plan and reviews will be held at least once a year to make sure that everything is OK.

Pupils who currently have a Statement of Educational Needs will continue to be provided with support to meet the objectives in part B.
Our Statemented students do well at St. Hild’s – all 3 of our Statemented pupils achieved GCSE success in 2013 and were supported to continue their learning journeys in their chosen courses.



In order to help your son/ daughter achieve their learning potential we may ask your permission to fill in a Common Assessment Form (CAF).  A member of staff, who is known to you, will ask you to provide information about your child and your family and in your presence will fill in the CAF.  We will only include information that you tell the member of staff.  The CAF will provide an overview of your family and will help us to decide together what we need to organise next.  The CAF is a confidential document and will not be shared with anyone unless you have given your permission to do so.

Families who have helped us to fill in CAFs have found this is a good experience, often bringing back happy or funny memories from their child’s younger days.  They have also found that the agreed referral to appropriate agencies has helped them to support their child to be successful at St. Hild’s.

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